Windows Search is the functionality built into the Windows OS for finding files, folders and programs on a PC or in connected storage.

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Can I change the order of the search results in the Windows 7 start menu?

Is it possible to change the sort order of the search results in the Windows 7 start menu? I'd like to either have them completely unsorted by the type of result they are or have files appear before ...
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DiskInternal's Linux Reader Search

A 2TB external hard drive having multiple reiserfs, ext2/3 and similar linux file systems on it. In need for a quick search from within windows xp I found Linux Reader from DiskInternals. It ...
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Opening messages from windows search opens Outlook instead of Thunderbird

I'm using TB as my primary client, but still have Outlook installed. Mailto links etc opens TB, but when opening a message indexed by windows search, it opens Outlook instead. I've changed associated ...
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Windows Search Companion Results For Zip Files

Does anyone know if Windows Search Companion can show the filesystem path and/or actual filename of the zip file that contains the found result row? If the zip file C:\TEMP\Instance.zip contains a ...
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Windows 7 Search automatically searching federated search

I have a a federated search that searches SharePoint. When I press the windows and begin typing I want it to search my machine and the federated search. Is this possible?
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How can I get Agent Ransack to return one line above and below match?

I want to see the matches in context of the lines above and below the match.
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How do I search for folders with x amount of files in Windows 7?

I would like to search for folders with a certain number of files, but currently I cannot figure out the syntax on how to achieve this. I have searched the Windows Search site, but have only found ...
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How to back up Windows 7's “Indexing Options” settings?

I'd like to back up (and be able to restore upon Windows 7 reinstall) all my heavily-customised Indexing Options settings. e.g. I have VERY customised list of file types that I have ticked in the ...
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How to see originating folders for search results with Windows Search 4 in Outlook 2010?

With Window Search nicely integrated into Outlook 2010, I can search for a phrase and get a list of search results. But how do I display the source folder for each item in the results list? Surely ...
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Disable / Turn Off Windows 7 Search Prompt / Warning Banner About Indexing

Whenever a search is performed in Windows 7 on a folder that is not indexed, Windows throws up a banner at the top of the Explorer window (below the address bar) blabbing about Indexing and asking you ...
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How to find video files with a certain framewidth

I have the following problem: a large collection of video files of all sorts of formats with very different framewidths and frameheights on several hard drives. I want to search for all video files ...
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Windows 7 change between desktop search providers

I'm using Google desktop search on windows 7 but wanted to swap back to windows search (as it will allow the searching of mm files - mind maps). I've stopped the desktop service and started the ...
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Tool/code/extension for tagging files

There are a lot of articles on how you can tag files in Windows 7, such as: http://lifehacker.com/#!232891/tag-files-and-save-searches-in-windows-vista Furthermore there are some tools like ...
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Search in Windows 7 (not English version) is returning more than one occurence for “the same file”

As a superuser, I created a superproblem in my computer :) I like to see all hidden files to detect viruses and to learn more about the OS. So I show all hidden and system files. Once upon a time I ...
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How to Remove Last Folder showing first in surch result paths with Windows 7

This is driving my boss crazy. He and I are using virtually identical machines running Windows 7 64-bit and mine does not do it. Is this a setting or some kind of bug or...? Screenshot: The "inc" ...
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Windows XP classic search functionality in Windows 7?

There's a critical regression between the way Windows XP and Windows 7 perform filename searches. In XP, the default is that the entire filename would be searched as a string using using a ...
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Should this folder called Data be indexed?

In the indexing options of Windows 7 there is a folder called Data which is excluded from indexing for the C:\ drive by default. Can someone confirm this, please? I was not able to locate that ...
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Windows 7 Search: Treat “.url” files as “Programs”

Is there a way to configure Windows 7 search (on the Start menu -- the "Search Programs and Files" field) to treat files of type ".url" as "Programs"? The reason I ask -- I want to be able to enter ...
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Windows 7 start menu: restore the search input field

The start menu on my Windows 7 Pro does not show the search input field (for, e.g., searching programs). How can I restore it?
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is there anyway in windows to find recently changed files in a folder but exclude a sub folder

i have a folder: C:\myfolder and i want to find all files in this folder (and subfolders) that have changed in the past week. i also want to ignore the folder: C:\myfolder\test\test21 in this ...
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Windows Search - how to index desktop shortcuts

How do I configure Windows Search to index shortcuts on my desktop that are not in the Start menu? C:\users\myusername\Desktop is amongst indexed locations.
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Can I do a “one-time” file content search in Windows Server 2008 without adding the folder to the index?

Can I search for files which contain a specific string in a folder if that folder is not in the search index? So, lets say folder 'textFiles' is not in the index. I navigate to this folder in Windows ...
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What does Windows indexing do?

What does Windows Indexing do? I run Windows XP SP3 Home at my place and was wondering what is special in Windows 7 and what does it do? I know it helps searching but how?
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Windows 7 Search in Start Menu

At my home, I cannot search for program in the Start Menu, neither search for services.msc or regedit in the Start Menu Search Bar. Every time I have No item match your search. When I go to the ...
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Windows 7 search results can't be moved (cut option in pop-up menu disabled) - why? and how to enable it? (Was in XP!)

I want to move a selection of files from a Windows 7 search to another folder but the right-click pop-up menu option for cut is disabled, why? Only copy is possible and I don't wish to make more than ...
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Find missing image on drive without knowing the name or extension

I have an image that I know somehow got renamed and does not have a normal image extension (i.e. it's definitely not .jpg .gif .png, etc) but rather some random non-image temp extension. Is there a ...
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Windows XP “Windows Search” does not find all documents with FileName but Search Companion does

I'm using Windows XP Pro with Windows Search 4.0. If I search for filename postage I get once result from my local S:\ drive (which is being Indexed) (result is : postage.doc) If I search using ...
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Exclude directories from Windows Search by wildcard

Search Indexing is interfering with our build process, and I would like to exclude all instances of our dev directories from the indexer (we have a trunk and branches setup). I could exclude the whole ...
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Can I force full speed to the indexing service of Windows?

On windows 7 there's 'pause' and there's 'indexing speed is reduced due to user activity' but what if one wants full speed during desktop activity?
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Windows 7 Search Filters--Files Only

Why in the world can I not . in Windows 7 search? All I want to do is return all the files in all the sub-directories in one location so I can sort by dimensions. Any one know how to return all files ...
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Windows 7 Slow Searching [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to speed up Windows 7 search? I have a new Windows 7 machine with twice as much RAM and a faster processor than my old Windows Server 2008 R2 Machine. I am ...
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Can I exclude Outlook results from the Start Menu search in Windows 7?

When I use the search from the Start Menu in Windows 7, results/mail from Outlook shows up. How can I disable this? I only want to disable showing the mails when I search from the Start Menu - I ...
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Restore Windows Search with Google Desktop Search installed

I have a win7 laptop with Google Desktop installed. I like to use BOTH windows search AND google desktop for their differing results due to my nack of losing files. However, Google Desktop has ...
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Can I make Windows 7 Start Menu search show items in order of most frequently used?

I work as a web applications developer; during the course of a day I open applications a lot. The search box in the start menu that appeared in Vista & 7 has been a godsend. Hit the start key, ...
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I cannot change the order of result columns in Windows Desktop Search 4.0 under Windows XP

I cannot change the order of result columns in Windows Desktop Search 4.0 under Windows XP. When I searched the web for how to do it, I found comments that under Windows Vista you could right-click ...
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What search utilities can search by file name in Windows 7?

I've just installed Windows 7 64-bit and have found that it's file search really really sucks. What is a good alternative that I can load on my system to do file searching? Note: I don't care about ...
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Windows 7 start menu search programs and files is broken for everything except folders

One of the really nice things in Windows 7 (and Windows Vista) is the way that the search box works on the start menu: that is, open the start menu, type stuff until you get what you need, ...
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Search Skype history using Windows search?

Is there some addon for Windows Search to search inside of Skype text chat history? I have found a solution for Google Desktop Search, but none for the Windows search so far.
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How to add multiple file extensions to the search inside feature in WIndows 7?

I know how to add a single file extension to be searched inside, but I'd like to add a bunch of different extensions and avoid the tedious job of adding every single one. Is there a command line tool ...
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Windows Search (Windows Desktop Search) wildcards do not work

At our company we have a big source code repository, and sometimes we need to do searches through all the code. As we need that from time to time we want to do something simple. I've tried Windows ...
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How do I get Explorer to default to Folder Path instead of Folder when I search?

Whenever I run a search in Explorer on Windows 7, the first thing I do is remove the Folder column and then add the Folder Path column. Is there a way to save this configuration so that this becomes ...
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Outlook 2007/2010: search query to find all email that one at least one recipient from outside my corporate domain?

I’m trying to find all the emails that I sent to people outside my employer's domain (say xyz.com). I need a search query in Outlook that will find all email in the Sent Items folder that has at ...
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List search results as normal files (instead of hyperlinks)

I have a very strange behavior on my Windows 7 x64 (upgraded from Vista). When I perform a search from a folder, the search results are displayed as hyperlinks. This means they are underlined when I ...
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How can I add my Firefox and Chrome history to Windows Search

How can I add my browsing history to Windows Search (in Windows 7)? Internet Explorer History is included by default, but I use Firefox or Chrome. EDIT: If there's no way to do this yet, it ...
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Free Tool to search IN files (even over a network)

I need to find some text in a ton of log files that are stored on my network (I doubt have them indexed). The files all have a more or less unique extension. (Ie they look like this: ...
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Why can't I find Internet Explorer in Windows 7?

I press the start button, and start typing "Internet Explorer". Nothing matches. If I type iexplore.exe, then it matches on the file. How can I get IE by typeing "Internet Explorer"?
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can I use CMD to search for files in windows?

I want a command to search for a file in a directory and all sub directories in windows, I saw all the Commands but I couldn't find any command to do this issue!
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Search in Windows 7 does not find items by name

I've got a small problem with the Windows 7 search: I want to search my image folders files by name. It's not in the default location under C:\Users, but it was moved properly. I've looked it up in ...
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force windows7 to reindex a folder?

I asked Windows 7 to index my entire "Media" folder. After it was done it'd find anything in there, no problem. Then I reorganized it a bit and moved some folders around, and now it doesn't find ...
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Trouble trying to use Windows Search to search for file with a question mark in the content

It seems that Windows Search is having trouble when I specify a question mark character as the content that I'm searching for within my files. I've tried: content:? content:"?" content:"\?" ...